Editors Blogs

Special delivery: tiny drone takes off from a mailbox “hangar”

Nov 30, 2011 9 Comments

OK; this is officially on my Christmas wish list. Meet ScanCam200, a tiny quadrotor drone that’s inside this ordinary looking mailbox and can send live video feed to its remote operation center. Mission complete, it returns to its mailbox hangar, which also functions as a docking station with a charger. Tell me if you can watch it [...]

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Panther F9F Electric Jet: Super-Size, Super Fast!

Nov 29, 2011 15 Comments

Last week I got to meet up with Mike Greenshields from Global Hobby Distributors to check out their newest ARF.  It is a rather large EDF from N-Tech Jets and I have to say that this is one great looking and flying plane.  It looks great just sitting on the runway, and in the air–wow!  [...]

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Get your CG Correct Early in the Build

Nov 26, 2011 No Comments

I build a lot of planes each year.  One of the best things I have available to me not just after I build, but while I build, is the CG Machine.  I say this because many times instructions are arbitrary in the fact they suggest components, and the variability of these components may cause issues [...]

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V-22 Osprey Build Update #3

Nov 23, 2011 1 Comment

This evening’s task is assembly the frames for each nacelle.  If you’ve built a couple of non-ARF helicopters in the past there won’t be any real surprises here, but definitely follow the instructions as the Osprey doesn’t function like a normal heli. A note of clarification:  One tends to look at the nacelles in their [...]

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V-22 Osprey Build Update #2

Nov 22, 2011 No Comments

Time to start building!  Assembly of the Osprey begins with the mechanics.  Although the body is a true ARF, the mechanics have to be assembled from individual pieces.  I consider this a plus for a couple of reasons:  First and foremost, on every “pre-assembled” heli I’ve ever purchased I felt it necessary to check every [...]

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RotorMast.com V-22 Osprey Build Update

Nov 22, 2011 No Comments

Before starting the build, let’s take a look at the kit contents and talk about the hardware needed to complete the aircraft. The basic kit comes securely packed in a single compact carton.  Inside, the components and sub-assemblies are packed in smaller cartons, making shipping damage very unlikely.  The basic kit includes a profile airframe [...]

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RotorMast.com V-22 Osprey Build-Along

Nov 21, 2011 No Comments

One of the most impressive helicopter-related products at the 2011 Toledo Expo was the RotorMast.com V-22 Osprey.  I’d read a good deal online about this remarkable design, and I’d seen a number of online videos as well, but seeing it in person I gained a clearer understanding of the careful thought and effort that went [...]

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A new QuadCopeter by Hoverthings

Nov 21, 2011 3 Comments

One of the newest forms of our hobby is the quad-copter that we are starting to see advertised more and more. Until recently I had not seen one in person and was only familiar with the advertisements in the magazines. However, at a recent helicopter fun fly hosted by the SPARKS of St. Petersburg, Florida [...]

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